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Texas Southern University Confirms 13th President After Year-Long Search

Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young was confirmed as the university’s new president Thursday after a year long search.

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Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young was confirmed as the TSU’s new president on June 17, 2021 after a year long search.

The Texas Southern University Board of Regents confirmed a new university president Thursday — more than a year after the university parted ways with its previous president.

Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young is the university’s 13th president, and will officially enter the role on July 1.

At a press conference Thursday, Crumpton-Young said she's going to focus on preparing students for current and future jobs.

"We will serve the underserved,” she said. “And we will serve them in ways they've never been served. And that I guarantee you as your 13th president."

Crumpton-Young previously served as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Morgan State University in Maryland since 2019. A hiring committee evaluated nearly 40 candidates before naming her as the sole finalist for the role last month.

In her new role, Crumpton-Young will replace interim president Kenneth Huewitt, who took on the role in April 2020.

Huewitt was brought on after the university’s previous president, Dr. Austin Lane, was accused of being involved in an admissions scandal after allegedly failing to take action or inform the board of fraud allegations involving a former official of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

According to a previous statement from the board, these allegations involved “improper payments for admissions” and “improper awarding of scholarships to students.”

The board ultimately decided to part ways with Lane in February 2020, once again beginning a national search to fill the role — the third time in the past 20 years.

The previous year was described as a “storm” by TSU Board of Regents Chairman Albert Myres, but he added that he was proud of the work of the board for filling the vacancy.

“More than anything, I’m just so happy for what we’re doing for the students of this university,” he said. “We’re getting ready to move forward.”

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